If you’ve been following my blog closely then you’ll know that I absolutely love The Elder Scrolls. My first Elder Scrolls game was Morrowind. I saw through all the flaws that game had and managed to love it more then I did any other game at the time. So how does Skyrim compare to other Elder Scrolls games? Lets find out.
In The Elder Scrolls you sort of make up your story as you progress through the game. Skyrim has a story but no one will have the same playthrough of any Elder Scrolls game. The game starts off with you being transported to Helgen for your execution. You have no idea what you’ve done just like in previous Elder Scrolls games, but you know it must be bad if you’re being executed. Visually, Skyrim is much different to look at then Oblivion. Oblivion was a lively, colorful world while Skyrim on the other hand has a more shaded out world. On max settings the game is beautiful even without mods. The character models in the game are a step up from Oblivion but when compared to other games they’re a bit on the weak side. The character creator is great. It always takes me at least an hour to create a character because I edit every single part of them until they’re perfect in my eyes.
The first thirty minutes of actual gameplay in Skyrim is actually quite linear as you’re lead through Helgen bound by rope while trying to outrun a dragon that’s decimating the city. You’ll be lead to a choice on who you’ll want to go with to progress through the tutorial dungeon of the game. After you complete the dungeon is where the game really begins. Once you’re outside you can literally go wherever you want and do whatever your heart desires. Do want to be a thief that goes around robbing stores after they close? Or are you a law abiding citizen that’s trying to make an honest living by hunting deer in the woods and selling off their pelts for whatever price you can get them for?
There is a lot of content in this game. You can be a powerful mage that leads a guild, you can be a werewolf, a vampire lord, a master assassin for the Dark Brotherhood, you can kill dragons and absorb their souls for awesome words of power that you can use to slow up time or blast your enemies with dragon’s fire. You can buy your own home so you’ll have a place to store your sweet loot in and get ready for another adventure. Do you like reading? If you do you can sit down in a chair and read a good book based off of this amazing world that Bethesda has created. In what other game can you do all of this?
Skyrim has completely dropped character classes and replaced them with a new system. Instead of choosing your main and secondary skills like you did in every Elder Scrolls game before it you can just play the game however you want. If you want to be a mage then just start burning things to death with your flames spell to level up your destruction magic. If you want to be a warrior then just run into battle and kill everything in sight. The choice is completely up to you. The restrictions has been lifted and I think that’s a good thing. Skyrim also has a new perk system now. Every time you level up you’ll get to choose to increase your health, stamina, and magicka. Once you’ve selected which one you want you’ll be taken to your perk tree. You can invest in your Conjuration skill so you can be a master Necromancer, or how about investing in your Sneaking skill tree so you can be harder to detect. You don’t like that either? How about investing in Smithing so you can craft various different types of weapons and armor.
You can create your own weapons and armor now. You will no longer find common bandits rocking Ebony Armor. You’ll have to go out and find the ingredients yourself and make it from scratch. Some of the things that were available in previous Elder Scrolls games are no longer present here. You can no longer create your own magic spells anymore. When I first realized that I couldn’t create spells I was really disappointed but then I thought about it. All of the spells in previous games all looked the same anyway so even though my created spell had a new name it was still the same looking spell I had just got rid of. Levitating has been gone since Morrowind so it makes no sense to bash the game for not putting that back in the game.
The arena was a very fun side quest to go on in Oblivion that sadly didn’t make it into Skyrim. I still think it would be awesome to have an arena to test my skills out in. The factions in older games were more engaging then in this one. The voice acting has gotten a lot better but the questlines in the factions are weaker in my opinion and obviously since this game is so big it’s going to have a few bugs. Once I killed a dragon and didn’t get a dragon soul from it. Another time I tried to cast a spell that didn’t want to work for me. That’s about as bad as it got for me personally. My Skyrim experience has been very smooth and I have very little to complain about in terms of glitches.
The best part about this game by far is just walking around the massive world that Bethesda has created for us. I would regularly stop to take in the view. Skyrim has everything from grassy plains to harsh snowy tundra. It’s filled with caves, mines, forts, run down watchtowers, and more. Another really awesome feature that’s been added in the game are dragons. At any random time after you encounter your first dragon you can be attacked by dragons. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a town, or just wandering around Skyrim a dragon can swoop down and attack you.
At first you’ll be fighting normal dragons but later on as you level up you’ll eventually fight against elder dragons. The PC version of Skyrim is moddable and really brings something fresh into the game. There are thousands of mods available for download right now and all of them add something fresh and new into Skyrim. The replayability for this game is endless. No playthrough of this game will be the same unless you purposely do it and even then it’ll still be different because of the random encounters in the game. My final verdict for The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim is a full 10/10. This game is by all counts Legendary in my books and I will be playing it for many years to come. The future is very bright for The Elder Scrolls and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
The Verdict: 10/10
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